"Wr" to "Wz" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1876
The death of John Wride, a prominent citizen of Geneva,
occurred on Sunday, the 6th inst., of apoplexy. The evening
previous, while taking a bath, the stroke came upon him. He was
59 years of age, and leaves a wife and family.
From Ontario County Times 25 July 1880
Naples, N. Y. - Last Monday Mrs. Aaron Wright was
buried from the M. E. Church. For two years she has suffered with
cancers; had some taken out at Dr. Kingsley's in Rome, but others
developed immediately. She is a sister of Dep. Sheriff Whitman.
From Ontario County Journal 16 July 1909
The friends of Mrs. Edwin A. Wright, Pleasant street, were shocked
on Monday to learn of her death, which occurred suddenly about 3
o'clock that morning. Mrs. Wright retired on Sunday night in her usual
health. Death was due to heart disease. Mrs. Abbie Gauss Peck Wright
was born in Weathersfield, this state, in 1839, and had been a resident
of this village for 42 years. She was a member of the Methodist church
and was actively interested in its welfare, and in missionary and
temperance work. She was a member of the Home and Foreign Missionary
societies of that church and of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Her whole life had been one of devotion to those things which tended to
uplift humanity, and her place in the circles in which she was so
faithful will be hard to fill. Rev. Ward Mosher conducted the funeral
services on Wednesday afternoon and burial was at East Bloomfield.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Wright is survived by one daughter, Mrs.
Clarence J. Beecher, and two granddaughters, Misses Ruth and Alice
Beecher of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 14 August 1896
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Amanda L. Wright, widow
of the late Z. B. Wright, occurred on Sunday last at her home in this
village. She was 67 years old. She leaves as members of her family, her
mother, Mrs. Betsey Treat, aged 88 years, who is still very strong and
active, and her son, Joseph Wright. She came to Naples from Ohio when a
girl to visit relatives, and, liking the town, she remained and soon
married, and had lived here ever since.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Ann Porter Wright died suddenly
yesterday morning at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. Frank H.
Hamlin, Gibson street, with whom she resided, having suffered a stroke
of apoplexy. Mrs. Wright was
in her eighty-third year and until within three months had been quite
Since then she had lost strength, caused by a slight stroke of
was the daughter of Judge Josiah Porter, a prominent resident of East
Her entire life, previous to 1873, spent in her native town.
From Ontario County Journal 29 December 1899
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Augustus Wright died on Monday after a
lingering illness. The funeral was held on Wednesday from the late
residence, Rev. T. A. Stubbins officiating. The interment was made at
Richmond Center. She leaves a husband and three children: Perry, Edward
and Grace Wright. She had long been a patient sufferer, and a large
circle of acquaintances and friends feel her loss deeply.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 January 1896
At 10:10 o'clock this morning, freight train No. 2 - 81, Engine 36,
on the Fall Brook railway, struck Charles H. Wright, of
Geneva, killing him instantly. The accident happened on the Washington
crossing of the Fall Brook Railroad. Mr. Wright had been to the
works to get some wood and was returning to his home, 10 Washington
He had got upon the railroad crossing when the freight train, going
north, struck him. The engine and two cars passed over his body,
smashing every bone in it, and cutting off the left leg below the knee.
Death was instantaneous. The engineer, reversed his engine, the remains
were picked up the train crew, chief of police Kane, Coroner Wright and
others, and removed to undertaker Borgman's morgue on Exchange street.
At the request of Mrs. Estelle, daughter of the deceased, Coroner
Wright empaneled a jury this afternoon who viewed the body and
adjourned to meet at Charles D. Leonard's office Monday evening.
Charles H. Wright was 76 years of age and had made his home with his
daughter, Mrs. John Estelle, at 10 Washington street, in this city for
the past several years. He drew a pension of $12 a month from the
government which was the principal support of himself and daughter.
From time to time he went to the soldiers home at Bath where he would
remain a short time
and then return to his Geneva home. Two daughters survive him, Mrs.
Estelle of Geneva, whose husband is dead and who had depended upon the
of the deceased for the principal support of herself and two young
daughters. The other daughter is Mrs. Detrick Brauar whose husband is
the proprietor of the Bruar Hotel, No. 436 Exchange street.
From Geneva Gazette 1 August 1873
Mrs. Charles J. Wright, residing on South Water street, while
attending a very sick daughter at Auburn last week Thursday, was
suddenly seized with apoplexy, fell from her chair and expired.
This morning the sad news comes that the daughter is also dead.
From Livonia Gazette 16 May 1940
Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, 84, widow of Hugh Wright, and a lifelong
resident of Canadice, died Thursday evening at the home of Miss
Elizabeth Struble, East Lake road, Conesus, where she had received care
for some time. She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Wright
was the youngest daughter of Allen and Martha Ann Swan Huff and was
born in Canadice, Sept. 3, 1856. She was a student at Lima seminary and
afterward taught in several schools. June 12, 1881, she was married to
Hugh Wright, also of Canadice, the ceremony taking place in the
Canadice church, of which she was a member for many years. She was a
charter member of the Ladies' Aid society and as long as her health
permitted, was a faithful worker in both groups. She had passed all of
her life in the town of Canadice. Funeral services for Mrs. Wright were
held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Jay Becker, Canadice, and at 2:30 at the Canadice church. The Rev. H.
I. Chattin, pastor of the church, officiated. Mrs. Sanford Bush and
Leslie Paine sang two selections. Interment was in Canadice cemetery by
the side of her husband, who died in 1923. The bearers were Frank
Seward, H. E. Hayward, George Affolter, Dayton Becker, W. N. Preston
and Willis VanDuyne.
From Livonia Gazette 6 April 1923
Hugh Wright, an old and much-respected resident of Canadice, died
at his home Tuesday evening. He was about 75 years old. Mr. Wright was
well-known throughout the community and had many friends elsewhere. Mr.
Wright married Miss Elizabeth Huff and settled on the farm owned
formerly by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Wright, and his entire life
was spent there. His wife survives him; also a son, Merle of Dansville;
and a daughter, Mrs. Lena Becker of Canadice. He leaves likewise one
sister, Mrs. Cora Caskey; and a brother, Burr. The funeral services
will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock from the church. Canadice, April 5
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 April 1876
James Wright of Geneva, was accidentally drowned in the mill race
at Waterloo last Friday night.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 January 1915
John Wright died at his home, 584 South Exchange street, at 12:15
this morning. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mary L. and
H. Wright, of Geneva; two brothers, Patrick and James Wright of Oswego;
sister, Mrs. Anna Pierson of Chicago. The funeral will be held Tuesday
at 9 o'clock from the house and at 9:30 from St. Francis Desales
Burial will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser 29 April 1902
Joseph Wright, youngest son of the late William Wright, died at
his home near Geneva last Friday night, April 25th, aged 48 years.
He was a sufferer from
locomotor ataxia, a disease that has of late been growing to an
alarming extent. His older brother, Frank N. Wright of St. Paul,
Minn., came down four weeks ago on hearing of his condition, and
has been almost constantly at his side. His wife and two children
aged 18 and 16 years survive him. In the death of Jos. Wright,
Geneva has lost a good citizen, although plain, brought up as an honest
farmer lad. Burial Washington Street Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1879
Canadice, N. Y. - Died at her home in this town, on Monday, Nov.
17th, after an illness of three days, Mary, wife of Isaac Wright,
aged 57 years. The departed will be remembered as a kind and
affectionate mother, a dutiful wife, and an obliging and upright
neighbor. She leaves a husband, five sons and daughters, and numerous
friends who mourn their sudden and unexpected bereavement. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. Warren J. Hobbs of Springwater, on the
From Geneva Gazette 27 January 1882
Moses C. Wright died at his residence in Geneva on Saturday last,
after an illness that confined him to the house but a few days. Mr. W.
was a native of Jefferson county, but a resident of Geneva for nearly
fifty years past, during which he has taken an active part in local
affairs and filled various offices, such as Justice of the Peace,
Assessor, Collector, Census enumerator, &c. In public as in private
life, he was a man of strict integrity, discharging every duty with
conscientious and fearless regard to duty and the law. His funeral took
place from the North Presbyterian Church last Tuesday p.m., Rev. Dr.
Hogarth pronouncing a fitting eulogy, by long acquaintance with
deceased being enabled to do justice to his subject. Mr. Wright was
aged nearly 78 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 August 1905
Arrangements have been completed for the funeral of Murray R.
Wright, who died suddenly Saturday evening at his home, No. 82
street. The services will be at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in Trinity
church, Rev. John H. Edwards, acting rector of the church will
Although Mr. Wright was a Knights Templar, it has been decided, owing
the wishes of the family, that the simple burial service will be used
place of the elaborate Templar obsequies. It is expected, however, that
the Ark Lodge, No. 33, F. & A. M., and the Hydrant hose will turn
for the service. Burial will be made in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser 30 September 1902
Poor old Norm Wright is dead, died in the county house,
aged 60 years. For many years he was janitor of the Milton street
school house, held the position so long that he felt that he owned the
building. He wasn't fired until his sight became so poor that he
could not tell whether or not a floor had been swept, and the
temperature kept at proper heat in
winter. Even then a good many wanted him retained for the
services he had rendered.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Sally Wright, aged
years, whose death occurred in Canandaigua, Saturday, April 27th,
were brought to the village cemetery for interment last Tuesday p.m.
From Geneva Gazette 19 April 1901
Thomas J. Wright, Sr., one of Geneva's oldest and widely known
citizens died at the family home, 85 High street, yesterday morning at
7:30 o'clock, aged 70 years. Mr. Wright was
a carpenter and contractor and up to about five years ago
was actively engaged in business when he retired owing to
advanced age. Tuesday last he celebrated his 70th birthday, and
on that day was stricken suddenly ill with bronchial pneumonia, and
sank rapidly. Besides his wife, three sons survive: W. C. Wright
of Rochester, M. R. Wright, and Thomas J. Wright of this city.
Empire State Universalist, Cortland NY, May 1943
The death of Mrs. Victoria T. Wright, wife of the Rev. Harry M.
Wright of Bristol, occurred in the Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua, on
April 3. She and her husband had returned from Sandusky, Ohio,
where they had spent several months with their son for the improvement
in Mrs. Wright’s health. From the train at Rochester, she was
taken by the ambulance to the hospital and died a few hours
later. She was born in Le Roy and was in her seventy-second year.
Mrs. Wright was always active in church work and during her married
life she devoted herself particularly to the work of the church
school. She was married to Mr. Wright on December 16, 1896.
Their pastorate in the church at Bristol for the past twelve years has
carried the same affection of parishioners as was evidenced in all of
their pastorates. Mrs. Wright was the secretary-treasurer of the
Ontario Association of Universalists. The church was filled with
sympathizers on April 6 when Dr. Fred C. Leining conducted the funeral
service, assisted by the Rev. Claire A. Potter, pastor of the
Congregational Church and the Rev. Edwin M. Tilt, pastor of the
Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband and her son,
Fordyce Wright of Sandusky, Ohio.
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Geneva Gazette 17 August 1900
of Mrs. W. W. Wright - Occurred at 5 o'clock this morning, after
an illness which dates back several years - the most serious period of
which being of about a month's duration. Her maiden name was Mary
L. Ryker, that of
an old Knickerbocker family of New York. After her marriage to
Mr. Wright, (then as later an active contractor on public works) she
accompanied him to his various places of temporary abode.
They came to Geneva in 1858 when Mr. Wright had a section
or two of work on the C. & S. canal enlargement, and this
has been the family residence ever since. For 20 years or thereabouts
last past, she owned and occupied the beautiful and spacious mansion on
North street fronting Main, surrounded by all her living children save
one and the oldest son, whose sudden death at Boston within the year
past it was
our painful duty to chronicle. Mrs. Wright is survived by only four of her children -- Homer R. and
Oliver H., Mrs. Anna L. Platner and Miss Cornelia, all of whom have
been to her a comfort and solace at the
parental homestead in her declining years.
From Geneva Gazette 19 January 1894
OBITUARY - WILLIAM WRIGHT - Entered into rest, near Geneva, N. Y.,
on Sunday, the 14th of January, 1894, William Wright in the
81st year of his age. Mr. Wright was born in Evringham, England,
Oct. 20th, 1813, and came to America in 1833, settling in Geneva where
he was engaged in the butchering business for a number of years. In the
year of 1858 the deceased purchased the farm where he has since resided
and where he proved himself to be a very successful farmer. The
deceased leaves four children, all of adult age -- Frank Wright of
Seneca, Joseph Wright who resides on the old homestead, Mrs. Edward
Cook of Oaks Corners, and Mrs. F. E. Richardson, widow of the late
Francis E. Richardson, who resides in Geneva. The funeral was held last
Wednesday afternoon at the house, Rev. Dr. Rankine officiating.
The deceased was a communicant of St. Peter's Church.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895
About 12 o'clock Tuesday night occurred the death of William
Wright at his home on lower Main street, at the age of 88 years.
Mr. Wright has been a resident of this place for over 25 years,
removing here from his farm near Rushville and living in retirement
during that time. He had been a sufferer from paralysis, and this
coupled with his advanced age caused his death. He leaves a wife and
one son, Edward Wright, of this town. The funeral services will be held
Saturday at 2 o'clock. The remains will be temporarily placed in
the vault at Woodlawn, and the final burial will be at Overacre's
Cemetery, Yates county.
From Phelps Citizen 30 December 1915
William Wright, youngest son of Rollo Wright of this village, was
found in a semi-conscious condition at Geneva yesterday afternoon and
taken to the city hospital where he died last night. Wright has a wife
and child living in Geneva and it is thought that he took poison while
despondent. An autopsy will be held today.
From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1889
Hon. Wm. W. Wright, one of the most prominent citizens of
Ontario county, died at his home in Geneva Wednesday morning at the
aged of about 76 years. Mr. Wright was one of the State Canal
Commissioners for many years, was one of the directors of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad, and was instrumental in starting and building up many
large enterprises. He was a staunch Democrat and strong partisan.
Personally he was trusted perfectly and highly esteemed by his
neighbors. He leaves a widow, two daughters and three sons.
From Ontario County Times 18 September 1889
Naples, N. Y. - Zinas B. Wright, who has lived in our midst
nearly forty years, departed this life after a long illness, Sunday,
Sept. 15th. Funeral services were held at M. E. Church at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday of this week.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 27 September 1905
Stanley, N. Y. - The funeral of Edward M. Wyand was held
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyman Wheeler, south of Stanley,
Friday afternoon, Sept. 15. Mr. Wyand died in the hospital at Rochester
from injuries received in falling from his bicycle. He was 46 years of
age and was an employee of the New York Central railroad. Rev. W. G.
Reed of Gorham preached the funeral sermon. Interment was in the Union
church recently near Hall's Corners.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 February 1920
Mrs. Ella Wyatt, aged 52 years, wife of Herbert Wyatt of Pulteney
Street, died this morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank MacGraw
of East North street, of pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt live near Penn
Yan, but during the winter came to Geneva. When Mrs. Wyatt was taken
ill, she was moved to the home of her sister. The survivors are her
husband, a daughter, Mrs. William Townsend of Billsboro; one son, Frank
Wyatt of this city; her mother, Mrs. Eliza Narragon of May's Mills; two
brothers, Edson Narragon of May's Mills and George Narragon of Geneva;
one sister, Mrs. MacGraw; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be
held on Saturday afternoon at the home of her sister. Dr. E. B. Topping
will officiate and the body will be placed in the vault until weather
permits burial in Brookside Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 January 1902
Henry Wyatt died at the family residence, three miles south of
this city, at 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, aged 72 years. Mr. Wyatt
was one of the best-known farmers of this section. He came to
this country from England 45 years ago, and had since resided in the
Town of Geneva. The deceased is survived by his wife, by one
daughter, Mrs. A. Ross of Syracuse, and by one son, Herbert Wyatt, of
the Town of Geneva. The funeral will take place from the house at
2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 April 1905
Mrs. Josiah Wyatt, seventy-four years of age, died at 9 o'clock
this morning at her late home, No. 321 Hamilton street. The cause of
death was paralysis. The deceased was born in Rathkerin, Kilkinny
county, Ireland, and came to this country in November 1853. Four years
later she came to this city where she has since resided. She is
survived by her husband,
three daughters, Mrs. Mary A. Durkin, Miss Elizabeth Wyatt and Miss
A. Wyatt; two sons, Robert J. Wyatt and Samuel J. Wyatt, all of this
From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1911
On Sunday night occurred the death of Cornelius Wyckoff at
his home in Hopewell. Mr. Wyckoff was twice married. His first wife was
Miss Diana Vincent of Michigan; and his second wife, Miss Julia
Rennyson, who death occurred on March 20, 1911. He was born in Hopewell
nearly 91 years ago about one mile from his late residence. Part of his
life was spent in Michigan. One sister, Mrs. James Tufts of Farnham,
Neb.; also three daughters, Mrs. Charles Durfee of Joplin, Mo., Mrs.
LeGrand Crane and Mrs. Samuel Carter of Canandaigua; and two sons,
George of Hopewell, and Frank of California, survive. Rev. W. E.
Searles officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday. Interment was
in West avenue cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1911
Hopewell, N. Y. - On Monday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Cornelius Wyckoff at
her home near Freshour's. Mrs. Wyckoff had been ill only a week
suffering with intestinal grip. She was 64 years of age. The deceased
is survived by her husband; two sons, George who resided at home, and
Frank Wyckoff, in the west; and two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Crane and
Mrs. Ida Carter, both of Canandaigua. The funeral was held from the
home yesterday afternoon, Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord officiating and
interment was in West Avenue cemetery, Canandaigua.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 July 1902
George F. Wyckoff of this city, a carpenter in the employ of
Contractor Berriman, died at the Geneva City hospital at 8 o'clock
yesterday morning, partly as the result of injuries sustained last
Friday afternoon, while working on a
barn at Seneca Castle. The deceased was 48 years of age.
Wyckoff was working on the front of the structure when a piece of
scaffolding fell and struck him on the head. He was picked up
unconscious. Word was sent to his city for the hospital
ambulance. Meanwhile Dr. Sargent of Seneca Castle was called. The
all he could for the injured carpenter but held out on hope of his
recovery. Mr. Wyckoff was brought to this city and taken to the
hospital Friday night. The injured man was placed in the men's
ward. He was attended by Dr. F. Lansing Stebbins, a member of
the hospital staff. Wyckoff's skull was not fractured but the
blow had caused concussion of the brain. He was unconscious the
greater part of the time until he died. The deceased had been in poor
health for some time and had suffered from kidney trouble. It was
said today that he probably would have recovered from the injury he
Friday had he been in good health. The remains were taken to
undertaking rooms. The deceased was a member of the local carpenters
union. He is survived by a wife, residing in the Fairfax building
this city, and by his father and one sister residing at Penn Yan.
remains will be taken to Penn Yan tomorrow morning. The funeral will
place from the residence of his father at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Interment will be at Penn Yan.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 3 January 1913
Canandaigua, N. Y., Jan. 2 - A complication of diseases from which Isaac Wykoff, of
South Main street, had suffered for a long time, was the cause of his
death this morning. Mr. Wykoff was 64 years of age. He leaves a
daughter, Miss Grace Wykoff; two sisters, Mrs. Cornelius Clark of this
village, and Mrs. Manning Swick of Lima; a brother, Frank Wykoff of
this village; and a sister-in-law, Miss Fannie Pierson, who had resided
with the deceased for some time past. The funeral will be held from the
late residence on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev.
Dewitt S. Hooker, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating.
Interment will be at Woodlawn cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 October 1928
Canandaigua, N. Y., Oct. 17 - Rev. Benson N. Wyman, 65, retired
Congregational minister, died at his home in Washington street today a
few minutes after leaving work on Dr. A. L. Beahan's farm. Surviving,
besides his widow, are two sons, Arthur and Newell Wyman of
Canandaigua. Funeral from the Congregational church at 3 o'clock
Friday. Mr. Wyman came here with his family about a year ago from
From Geneva Daily Times 18 November 1912
Charles F. Wyman, aged 67 years, died about 11:30 o'clock Saturday
evening at his home, No. 13 Courtland street, after an illness of three
weeks. The deceased has been employed as miller at the Geneva Mills for
sixteen years. He was a member of Oneida Lodge, I. O. O. F. Beside his
widow, he leaves five daughters: Mrs. B. M. Diver of Columbus, O.,
Edith Wyman of North Abington, Mass., Lotta A. Wyman of New Haven,
Conn., and the Misses Edna and Ruth of this city; also one brother, D.
H. Wyman of Romeo, Mich. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock from the family residence. Rev. D. D. Campbell, D. D.,
pastor of the First Methodist church, will officiate, assisted by Rev.
W. H. York of Phelps. Burial will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Fairport Herald Mail 5 August 1937
Farmington, N. Y., Aug. 3 - Minnie W. Wyman, wife of John Wyman,
died at her home July 29, 1937. Besides her husband, she is survived by
two sons, Clarence C. and Roy W. Wyman of Farmington; three sisters,
Mrs. Charles Schrader of Brownsville, Mrs. John Mumerow of Canandaigua,
Mrs. William Moore of Byron; and two brothers, Christ Waterstraw of
Canandaigua and John Waterstraw of Rochester. Services were conducted
by Rev. Arthur W. Hammond, pastor of the Friends church, Saturday
afternoon, and interment was made in North Farmington cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 15 July 1908
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral services of the late Mrs.
Lynch Wynkoop, wife of John Wynkoop of Clifton Springs,
were held on Saturday at 2 o'clock at her late residence and at 2:30 at
the Methodist church, of which she was a faithful member. Mrs. Wynkoop
died early Thursday morning after an illness of about eleven weeks. She
was 51 years old and had been a resident of this village for about
twelve years. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Miss
Edna, also one sister residing in Geneva, and two sisters living in
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